Everything You Need To Know Before Hairspray Live! Tonight

Posted: Dec 7 2016, 8:46am CST | by , in Latest TV News


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Everything You Need to Know Before Hairspray Live! Tonight
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Can you hear the bells? After several successful attempts at live musicals, NBC is bringing back the 60s with Hairspray Live!. This musical is a favorite among theater fans and is beloved by those who don't consider themselves fans of the Great White Way. The event is filled with stars from all areas of the entertainment industry.

What is Hairspray about?

Hairspray follows around Tracy Turnblad, a larger than life teenager in 1960s Baltimore. She attempts to join the dance team on the The Corny Collins Show, a popular local dance TV series. However, Tracy doesn't fit in with the other dancers because of her size and her radical ideas about civil rights. She falls for the show's dreamy lead and fights against the producers to try to integrate the show.

When does Hairspray Live! air?

Wednesday, December 7 at 8/7c on NBC.

What makes Hairspray Live! an event?

There will be a half-hour pre-show event with stars of the show, Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes, called Countdown to Hairspray Live!, at 7:30 PM on NBC. The special will give viewers a glimpse at how people are preparing for the show at the last minute. Broadway star Darren Criss (who just finished a triumphant turn as Hedwig on the Hedwig and the Angry Inch National Tour) will appear on the pre-show and talk about his role in the show - he will give everyone a backstage pass during the show itself.

Many people also believe that this live musical is rather timely given the current political climate.

How can I watch Hairspray Live!?

The easiest way to see Hairspray is to tune into NBC to see it. You should also follow along for bonus content on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr for updates throughout.

Help! I'm not the in the US! Can I watch Hairspray Live!?

You'll have to wait until Hairspray Live! airs on ITV2 on December 9 in the UK. If you are in Australia, it will air on SBS on December 10.

Who is playing Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray Live!?

An open call had thousands try out to be one of the most iconic characters in all of theater. Now, Texas native and Marymount Manhattan student Maddie Baillio will make her debut.

Which stars are in Hairspray?

This live musical has stars from almost every area of entertainment. For theater fans, the most exciting moment will be seeing Harvey Fierstein return as Edna Turnblad. Ariana Grande also goes back to her theatrical roots as the delightfully nerdy Penny Pingleton. Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle, and Tony winner Chenoweth will play the catty Velma Von Tussle. According to Broadway.com, "Also on tap are Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Derek Hough, Martin Short, Hayes, Hairspray Tony winner (and Broadway’s original Tracy) Marissa Jaret Winokur, Andrea Martin, Ephraim Sykes, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Rosie O’Donnell, Billy Eichner, original Hairspray film star Ricki Lake and Hairspray’s original Dynamites trio: Shayna Steele, Kamilah Marshall and Judine Somerville. "

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